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Strategic direction for 2009-10

Independent Living Fund reveals strategic direction for 2009-10

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) has outlined a new strategic direction through the launch of its business plan for 2009-10.

The business plan sets out the ILF's mission to efficiently deliver cash payments to severely disabled people, and its commitment towards advancing standards of independent living.

Patrick Boyle, Chief Executive of the ILF said, "2008-9 was an extremely successful year for the ILF. We achieved our key performance targets, provided excellent customer service and demonstrated real value for money."

Our2009-10 business plan describes how we will continue to meet these high levels of performance and incorporate a new strategic element to ensure that the ILF contributes to the ongoing debate around the delivery of social care. 

Patrick Boyle further explained, "By working within Government, with local authorities and other key stakeholders, we will actively promote positive outcomes for disabled people and raise standards of independent living.  Central to everything we do is our passion to make a real difference to the lives of disabled people across the UK.

As the direction of social care continues to change the ILF will work to keep pace with developments.  The ILF is committed to the drive for greater personalisation and will consult its users on government initiatives including the right to control and the care, support and independence green paper.

John Fuller, Strategic Policy Director added, "Our joined-up strategy for working with local authorities enables us to reduce duplication in the assessment and identification of individual's care needs, and we would welcome development across the sector to achieve national standards for a locally delivered system.

"We know that to support our mission of making choice real for disabled people we need to continue to adapt and we are committed to creating greater flexibility through our practices and policies."

For further information about the ILF's Business Plan for 2009-10 please contact David Smith on 0115 9450730 or 0779 083493.

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Notes to Editors

  1. The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Work and Pensions. It awards payments to severely disabled people to support the cost of their personal care and/or domestic assistance. To get payments from the ILF you have to meet certain conditions.
  2. The ILF provides financial assistance under the terms of a single publicly financed discretionary Trust Deed - The Independent Living Fund (2006), governed by a Board of nine Trustees.
  3. The ILF currently provides financial support to over 21,000 disabled people in the UK allowing them opportunities to be fully included in their communities. 
  4. The budget allocated to the ILF for the financial years 09/10 and 10/11 for Great Britain are £340m and £356m respectively.  The allocated budgets for Northern Ireland in 09/10 and 10/11 are £10.7m and £11.2m respectively.
  5. For more information about the ILF visit www.irfs.org.uk

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